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July 28, 2005

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Told You So: Yesterday I reported that the Newark Bears were going to bring back pitcher Travis Wade and today they made it official.

The 30 year-old Wade is a veteran of nine professional seasons. Up until a few weeks ago he was pitching in Taiwan, his first experience pitching out of the United States. Last year with the Bears the reliable reliever appeared in 42 games, posting a 3-4 record and 2.45 ERA to go along with 4 saves.

The team also signed right-hander Jose Perez and released pitcher Tetsu Yofu.

Perez is a 21 year-old third year pro from the Dominican Republic. He spent two-plus seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, most recently at single-A Clearwater earlier this season. He earned 11 saves and fashioned a 2.45 ERA in Rookie ball during the 2003 season.

A Very Rare Moment: The Long Island Ducks today traded outfielder Chris Latham to the Bridgeport Bluefish for starting pitcher Luis Arroyo.

“Luis is a versatile addition to our pitching staff,” says pitching coach Jeff Scott. “He has experienced success as a starter and in relief. We anticipate him to have plenty of success with the Ducks.”

A veteran of 14 seasons, Arroyo is in his third season of Atlantic League play. He spent the 2001 season as a member of the Somerset Patriots, split the 2004 season between the Pennsylvania Road Warriors and Bridgeport Bluefish and began the 2005 season with Bridgeport. His finest professional season came in 2001 as a member of the Patriots, where in 40 appearances he posted an 8-0 record with a 2.52 ERA. In 60.2 innings of work, he struck out 52 batters and yielded only two home runs.

The Bajadero, Puerto Rico native was originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the 16th round of the 1992 draft. He will join the Ducks tonight in their contest against the Somerset Patriots at Commerce Bank Park.

Latham heads to Bridgeport after being tied for the team lead in stolen bases (19) and tied for second in home runs (7). (LI PR) – Scott Stanchak

AL Scoreboard: Ducks 6 at Patriots 3

Justin Lamber again pitched well, as the Ducks prevented the series sweep by beating Somerset, 6-3. Pete Rose, Jr. hit a big three run home run in the win.

Former Yankee Steve Balboni was in the house tonight, throwing out one of the ceremonial first pitches.

Barnstormers 7 at Bluefish 4

5,500 fans in Bridgeport saw their team lose another tough one, this time by the score of 7-4. Lancaster’s Jeremy Todd had 4 RBI in the win.

Riversharks 3 at Bears 4

Jerson Perez drove in two runs and Jack Santora drove in one, as the Newark Bears pulled out a 4-3 squeaker this afternoon in Newark. Steve Crampton pitched three innings of relief for the win, his 2nd of the year.

Surf 6 at Pride 4

Surf closer Ben Grezlovski left the game with an undisclosed injury in the 9th inning tonight, leaving the save opportunity up to Felix Villegas. Villegas delivered, by ultimately striking out Brian Becker to end the game and pick up his first save of the year. Denny Harriger was foiled in his bid to become the league’s first 11 game winner, instead picking up his 5th loss after allowing four runs on eight hits through six and two thirds innings.

Porzio Returns: Bridgeport received another huge boost when they announced that P Mike Porzio has returned. Porzio impressed big league scouts enough to get signed out of spring training before ever throwing a pitch in an official AL game. Porzio brings big league time (woo-hoo!) to the league, having pitched for the Rockies in 1999 and the White Sox in 2002 and 2003.

10Q Update: Expect interviews with Carl Sadler and Lance Davis to be posted sometime in the near future.

Something for nothing: First one who e-mails me what I was referencing in my Bears score update last night wins an autographed baseball from the Somerset Patriot of your choice. Seriously.

Update: A handful of people actually e-mailed with the reference, which was to a Maxwell song, entitled Sumthin’ Sumthin’. I’ll announce the winner if he so desires. Stay on the lookout for more totally random contests in the future. I’m sick of hearing about how people read my stuff just to see what I say next, so maybe this will be a different reason for people to look. – Mike Ashmore

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